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12 Sep 2016

Afro Funk “Body Music” Ghana 1973 ultra rare Afro Psych Soul Funk Private

Afro Funk  “Body Music” Ghana 1973 ultra rare Afro Psych Soul Funk. highly ….recommended..!

The latest in a series of killer now NOT on-vinyl-only releases from the Secret Stash label, now on cd!!! 
Secret Stash do indeed seem to have access to a secret stash of international groove obscurities. This rare record, originally released in 1975, was the sole album from Afro Funk, a band of West Africans based in London, England. Can you guess what this one sounds like from the band name? Yes you can! Afrobeat rhythms meet electric American funk. It's chock full of percolating percussion, chirping horns, wacka-wacka guitar, and chanted funk-shaman vocals. Also, some some JB's "Blow Your Head" style synth Moog-ery, notably prominent on side two's mesmerizing 8+ minute instrumental jam "Farewell To Ibusa". Overall, the lp's got a loose languid laidback vibe, yet the playing is tight and funky throughout. Reminds us a bit of Soundway's recent reissue by the Black Truth Rhythm Band, and also would fit in with the great stuff Academy Records/Voodoo Funk digs up, like Marijata. In fact, we now remember that their track "Afro Funk" appeared, appropriately, on the comp Afro Funk Explosion some years back, alongside the likes of Blo, Manu Dibango, and, yes, Black Truth Rhythm Band. Quite a groovy gem, well worthy of reissue. 
MPEG Stream: "Tei Egwu" ......
Naming your band after the type of music you play isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but it made me a little apprehensive diving into the latest re-issue from local label Secret Stash. London band Afro Funk’s album Body Music is the record in question, a release that didn’t get the band the fortune or fame they had hoped when it first dropped in 1975. While it didn’t set the world on fire as far as sales, that doesn’t mean that this band of West African ex-pats didn’t create solid music, combining the afrobeat grooves from their home country along with some classic soul and funk on this six song EP. While I was worried their take on the afro beat would be overdone and cheesy, their expression of their namesake genre is actually the record’s strength. 

When the band sticks to the sharp horns, wah’d-out guitars, and infectious rhythms of afro beat, they hit on all cylinders. On tracks like “Afro Beat” (which, lets be serious, is going a little overboard—album, band name, and song??), the eight-minute scorcher “Farewell to Ibusa,” the thick groove of “Obanya Special,” and the understated strut of “Tei Egwu,” the band prove adept at touching on all the relevant afro beat reference points. Their songs are tight, but with plenty of room for exploration. The percussion and bass creep into your spine, while the horns punch through the mix to keep your head bobbing. The vocals are impassioned and, while not overshadowing the music, add another layer to the euphoric collage. Where the band loses their way is when venturing away from their namesake genre and into ill-advised attempts at funk and soul. The singing on “Hot Love” is overdone and sounds like second-rate reggae. The band labors to bend their sound in a direction it shouldn’t bend. Unfortunately this isn’t the greatest sin on the record, a distinction that falls to the cheesy Issac Hayes sounding “Try and Try,” which is a faux funk-soul albatross that hangs around the neck of the album. It plods through three minutes of uncomfortable music that does not highlight the band’s strengths. 

I find it somewhat amusing that I went into this album worrying that it was going to be an overblown and trite take on a genre that I really love. Strangely enough, my biggest complaint from the record is when they ventured away from the horns and stretched out grooves. The four of six songs that stayed within their wheelhouse make this record worth checking out, but the two miscreants plague the middle of the LP. For a group that names their band, album, and a song on their album after a genre, you would have thought they would know better than to stray from music that was obviously close to their hearts. Jos… 

Afro-Funk - body music - The band are from Ghana. Body music was released in 1973 in Ghana. . Nothing much is known of the band but it is squelchy deep AfroFunk of the best kind and that’s all you need to know! Hard to get hold …. 

Don’t know much about this rare LP, except that Afro Funk were from Ghana and Body Music was released by Kabana Records in 1973. Unfortunately, more information cannot be found, but honestly it’s worth to listen to. Just enjoy it … 

Body Music, Afro Funk’s 1975 LP, was recorded and released in London, England. The band was comprised mostly of West-African expatriates residing there. At the time, the city was host to a vibrant African music scene. The massive success of Osibisa created a swarm of young bands trying to use London as a launching pad for international stardom. Unfortunately, Afro Funk did not find the success they were looking for and Body Music became their only album. The deep funk grooves and driving afrobeat rhythms featured on this rare LP have made it a desired addition to record collections around the world. 

After its small private press release in London on “Kabana Records,” Body Music was also released in extremely limited quantites by Kojo Asare’s Chairman Records in Ghana. Despite the well crafted mix of various West-African styles and American funk, without the support of a label and no major touring it quickly faded into obscurity. Today copies rarely surface. Secret Stash is proud to present the first ever reissue of this collectable piece of African music history. As always, this vinyl only release includes a digital download card giving the user high quality MP3s of the entire album….

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